Teachable Instant: Refugee Crisis

Lesson Duration

From Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Students read a brief background about the surge of refugees pressing into Europe (9/2015) and then watch a 4-minute video produced by the Guardian, a newspaper based in the UK.

“The video shows scenes of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere who were stuck in Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary, on September 4-5, 2015. Most hoped to go on to Germany or Austria, but the Hungarian government refused to let them board trains.”

Discussion questions after students watch the video –

What did you observe about the people who were stuck in the train station? What belongings are they carrying with them?

Did any particular scene or person stand out for you? Why?

Who seemed welcoming of the refugees? Who didn’t?

Why do you think one woman did not want the refugees to wave the Hungarian flag?

What emotions do you think the people in this train station are feeling?

Go to: http://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/teachable-instant-refugee-crisis


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